[Reagan Wing staff began Saturday hoping for information from Anthony Bosworth and Gavin Seim, our eyes and ears at the Bundy Battlefield. There were no messages. We knew a meeting between Sheriff Gillespie and Cliven Bundy was scheduled for 9:00 AM. Our last communication from Anthony was at 1:22AM. We began to monitor the news feeds, alternating checking Anthony and Gavin’s FaceBook pages. We learned of an apparent deal brokered by the sheriff. Internet problems inhibited viewing Gavin’s live feed of the sheriff’s announcement and Bundy’s response. At 11:05 AM Anthony posted photographs. Moments later, Gavin posted this:
Urgent. People are mounting up with guns and appear to be heading to retake the the cattle and block I-15. Things are not looking good.
Then, at 11:38 AM, Gavin issued a call to prayer via Twitter that did not match the reports we were hearing from the big alternative media:
For the next several hours we monitored every news source we could find, alternating with Gavin and Anthony’s FaceBook pages as well as Bundy Ranch sites, while we worked on background material to this story and finally, at 2:40 PM, the telephone rang. Anthony and Gavin were on the line and Anthony began to report… ]
We got up this morning and set up comms [communications] when reports of [BLM] snipers a thousand yards out came in. We put eyes on them and they withdrew. We couldn’t find them again.
Then the report came in that the sheriff [Gillespie] and Cliven would be speaking. [Anthony synopsised the basics of what we had been reading and watching reported through GNN, Infowars, and local Nevada news]. Cliven issued his own demands to the sheriff to disarm the BLM agents, bring all the weapons back to the rally stage, and tear down all of the BLM-constructed fences within one hour. There was no way that deadline could have been met so basically the Bundys gave an ultimatum that could not be met.
When the deadline arrived, Cliven Bundy told the crew of supporters to come and they would take the cows back by force.
[Here TRW interjected to ask Anthony about live feed reports that "500 fully dressed and armed militia" rode out with the Bundy cowboys. Anthony was unaware of those reports, for reasons that will be obvious.]
Ah, 500 militia went with the Bundy cowboys? NO. At most there were two dozen militia that accompanied them.
Meanwhile, we were receiving intel from lots of credible sources that BLM was still moving in for, if you will, a massacre and we had live feed of armored vehicles moving in. I got orders to pull out of the hot zone and I sent out scouts [Scott Brumback & Josh Jones] to determine whether we were boxed in or if we had some safe exit routes. I had orders from Matt Shea to PULL OUT NOW and retreat across the border. We considered having to head out over “BLM land.” THAT WAS DANGEROUS BECAUSE THEY MIGHT OPEN FIRE. Scouts found not all the roads were blocked and we withdrew across the state line to Arizona. While this was happening, we got word that Maria [Anthony's wife, bringing material support from Yakima] had arrived and was caught in the traffic jam on the highway. We communicated with her through state representatives so as not to have a direct link to us here on the ground and told her to NOT ATTEMPT TO COME IN TO THE CAMP but continue forward and cross into Arizona. If she was to be stopped she was simply “on a vacation, heading for Arizona.”
[The Reagan Wing is in possession of assessments from several sources that the discrepancy of "military" force was huge. The BLM had the Bundy supporters outmanned and outgunned. There was NO internal discipline among the "militia" and no central command. An armed conflict would have been a slaughter not a lot different than Waco.]
We did withdraw over the state line [following orders and also providing a safe place to hook up with Maria and her escort, Paul Lind.]
Suddenly the Las Vegas Police Department arrived in force and things immediately began to calm down.
Basically the trigger had been pulled. We were literally a hairs breadth away from a massacre.
[Stewart] Rhodes and [Sheriff] Mack are here on the ground. Once we knew that the Feds were leaving we moved back into position at the camp and began to re-establish our comm set up. Maria and Paul will be going back tonight with Scott Brumback. Gavin and I will be staying. [Washington Representatives] Shea, Taylor, and Overstreet should be here by Monday.
We want to make it very clear that the militia did not save the day.
From my observations, the militia was a mess down here. I do not want to paint the entire militia badly, but there were a lot of immature, power-grabbing militia here who were itching for a fight. They did not have commanders. Senior militia were not yet there. There are a lot of honorable, well-trained and intentioned militia here as well that were willing to come under leadership.
[We lost the connection ten minutes into our conversation.]
The leadership of [Matt] Shea, [Sheriff] Mack, [Stewart] Rhodes and [Cope] Reynolds had a lot to do with how this turned out. It would have been better if the diplomacy was allowed to run its course. Basically the Bundys flipped a coin and bet it all [our lives] on the outcome. In speaking to the militia [that were attached to] the Bundys, they seemed to feel it might be good if the BLM attacked so they could get this revolution started.
The Reagan Wing has reports from several sources that when Cliven Bundy, after his ultimatim, gave the order to move out and retake the cattle from the BLM, his forces rode into the crosshairs of BLM rifles with loudspeakers blaring:
“We have a court order. We will shoot.”
Sat April 12, 2014 5:01 PM: Anthony and Gavin were able to call back and continue their report.
According to Gavin,
The atmosphere here is extremely excited. There is no doubt that this is a victory. We came together, stood up, did not back down, and we won. Everyone here is really happy. Cliven not only was willing to put it all on the line, he did put it all on the line. And we won. No one got hurt.
When asked whether he sensed the intervention of God today, this was Gavin’s response,
I really thought people were going to die today … We were up against overwhelming superior force and there was no way we could prevail. Definitely I believe prayer was answered. We were busy trying to figure out how to provide medical assistance.
Most people here most likely have no idea how close we came to that.
We had a different point of view because of the intel we received. We knew what we were facing.
There is a consensus among all our contacts touching several points. First, that this was a great day for American Liberty. A whole, diverse community of Patriots has come − and many are still coming − to the aid of an obscure Nevada rancher who has been fighting lawless oppression by government, alone, for decades. Cliven Bundy was willing to give his life for his principles and so were many of his supporters. He and they stood up to tyranny and, for now, that has carried the day. But the issue has not been finally settled. The BLM has temporarily backed down but not changed policy. They gave back at least some of the cattle they stole, but not the grazing rights. They withdrew from the Battlefiled, but only to their compound. Word is that they are re-grouping. Progress from here will depend on whether the patriots on the front lines are backed by acts of political leadership, the acts of courageous statesmen. So far only state-level officials, notably Shea and Fiore, (not to mention Congressional candidate Gavin Seim) have been willing to risk anything. But the acts of Federal Agencies are subject to the U.S. Congress and the impeachment of lawless leaders must take place in Washington DC.
We cannot expect anything in this regard from Democrats. It is their President who is directly responsible. It is their Senate Majority Leader who pulling the strings. It is their policy of Environmental Communism that provides the political justification.
But where are the Republicans? In Washington State?
Where is Jaime Herrera Beutler?
Where is Cathy McMorris Rodgers?
Where is Dave Reichert??Oh, excuse me, I think we know the answer to the last question. Mr. Reichert is, doubtless, out saving a desert tortoise.
PREVIOUSLY IN THIS SERIES:
BUNDY RANCH NEVADA 1: Freedom Agenda Team, Bosworth, Seim vs Obama’s Enviro-Terrorist War on the Food Supply
Bundy Ranch Nevada 2 ~ Heroes & Cowards: Joint Statement: Coalition of Western State Legislators, Sheriffs, and Veterans Stand Vigil in Support of Embattled Nevada Rancher, Cliven Bundy ‘To Prevent Another Ruby Ridge or Waco”